Multinational software provider Oracle is working on a way to bring "fair" governance to permissioned blockchains, according to a patent application.
Investment bank Goldman Sachs has been awarded a patent for its proposed "SETLcoin" cryptocurrency settlement system.
US telecom giant AT&T has been awarded a patent for a kind of home subscriber server backed up by blockchain tech.
Derivatives giant CME Group is looking to patent a way for bitcoin miners to hedge against the risks they face.
Fidelity Investments has applied to patent a method by which a blockchain could be used for authenticating voters and processing fair elections.
A major bank in Canada is seeking a patent for a secure means of processing payments that could connect with a public blockchain.
The US Patent and Trademark Office (USTPO) has published a patent application submitted by bitcoin startup Blockstream for its work on sidechains.
US telecom giant AT&T is seeking a patent for a kind of home subscriber server that utilizes a blockchain.
This week's coverage is a testament of just how varied things in the bitcoin space can really get.
Often a topic of contention in the bitcoin community, CoinDesk has rounded up some of the most high profile patent submissions filed to date.